UKATA Committees

  • UKATA Committees

UKATA is an organisation which aims to serve its members. Council and various committees oversee and perform specific tasks in order to manage specific areas of governance.

The committees are groups consisting of UKATA members who may have a particular expertise or interest in the committee they represent. They come up with ideas, policies and procedures, and working together with Council, they aim to promote best practice within UKATA.

In addition, the TA Trainers Network represents an inclusive group of TA trainers, who actively discuss all aspects of training practice. Assesses accreditation and programmes of study leading to qualifications in TA practice (Psychotherapy, Counselling, Organisations and Education).

At present, UKATA has the following committees:

UKATA Committees

Member Services Committee incorporating the PR & Marketing Committee communicates between UKATA and its members informing them of UKATA activities in the wider professional community and also to the general public. Maintains UKATA membership benefits and works to introduce new benefits to members.

Chair: 

Jan Baker – janbaker@uktransactionalanalysis.co.uk

Members: 

Rowena Lucas

Purpose

  • To develop a strategy for the promotion of Member Services within UKATA
  • To facilitate an inclusive Member Services ethos and Member Services culture
    among members of UKATA.

Aims

  • To facilitate effective communication and sharing of appropriate information between members and Council/ Committees via conferences, member surveys, forums, website, newsletter, member welcome packs, email and Social Media.
  • To answer or signpost member queries or concerns relating to membership in conjunction with the office administrator.
  • Supporting TA practitioners, at whatever their stage of professional development, to become actively involved in UKATA.

 

 

Chair:

Ian Argent – ian@ian-argent.co.uk

Committee Members: 

Helen Davies, Nicky Worral, Carol Wain, Enid Welford

Purpose

The EPPC has responsibility for monitoring professional practice to ensure high standards of ethics and competence are maintained at all levels in the profession in line with the UKATA code of ethics.

Aims

  • Protection of service users
  • Increasing awareness and competence among members to think ethically and behave professionally.

Functions of EPPC in support of these aims:

  • Receiving and assessing complaints about members of UKATA which do not fall within the direct responsibility of other organizations of which UKATA is a member (e.g UKCP).
  • Where complaints indicate a possible breach of codes, investigating and acting upon them.
  • Imposing and monitoring sanctions on members commensurate with the findings of an investigation and, where deemed appropriate, a hearing panel.
  • The primary purpose of sanctions is to protect service users from unethical and incompetent practice
  • Sanctions are also designed to facilitate the member concerned to learn from the experience and so to achieve the high level of competent and ethical practice expected in the profession ethics and professional practice and advising council accordingly.
  • EPPC offers an advisory role and encourages UKATA members to consult the committee concerning ethical and professional practice issues where the member has uncertainty.
  • Monitoring the continuing appropriateness of the codes and procedures relating to ethics and professional practice and advising council accordingly.

 

Conference Committee organises the annual National TA Conference in the UK.

Chair:

Susan Arslan ukconference@uktransactionalanalysis.co.uk

Members:

Jan Baker

 

Purpose

  • To design, develop and deliver the annual UKATA National Conference
  • Using the Conference as a platform, to lead on marketing and communication strategies that promote UKATA as a member Association in particular, and TA in general.

Aims

  • To design an annual conference event that takes account of a wide range of TA topics, and delivers keynotes and workshops of interest to the TA community across the four fields
  • To create an opportunity for networking and celebration of achievement through the delivery of a social as well as a learning programme of activity
  • To make every effort to ensure the annual conference is accessible to all who wish to participate
  • To ensure that the annual conference is managed and delivered within budget
  • To promote the benefits of UKATA as a member Association and increase membership numbers
  • To play a part in increasing awareness of TA in general, including its associated applications

Acting Chair:

Vacant – Hulya Hooker

Members:

Peter Golder, Cari Bishop Jones, Elizabeth Bradshaw, Elizabeth Heatley, David Linford Smith

Purpose

The role of the DSR Committee is to raise awareness, create dialogues and monitor policies on fairness of opportunities and social responsibility within UKATA.

Aims

Our aims fall into three categories:
1. The practical or administrative
2. The professional requirements and recommendations for good practice
3. The psychological impact we wish to have, which is to offer a significant contribution to a culture that honors diversity and social responsibility in UKATA.

What follows is further clarification in these three areas:

At the Administrative Level we aim to:
· Collect data about our membership and monitor fairness of opportunities about access to training, services and attaining qualifications
· Monitor UKATA membership’s access to Fairness of Opportunity and inform Council of the results
· Keep up to date with National & European law and use this information to keep policies relevant
· Keep current with UKCP policy and practice
· Liaise with UKATA admin and get feedback on data on membership and make recommendations.
· Liaise with TASC concerning fairness of opportunity with RTEs. This can account for access to training as well as progressing with qualifications.
· Keep up to date with relevant National and European law and use this information to keep policies up to date and relevant.

At the Professional Level we aim to:
· Draft a reading list with notes on race, ethnicity, culture, disability, neurodiversity, gender, age, sexual orientation for members and service users
· Provide materials which outline ethical and legal responsibilities of practitioners
· Establish best practice through conferences, meetings and publications
· Establish new guidelines for practice and training.
· Promote best practices through conferences, meetings and publications.
· Offer guidelines for practice and training
· Maintain a regular column in the Transactional Analysis magazine
· Keep up awareness of the relevance of context by discussing social and political events in regular meetings and reporting back to council and membership.

At the Psychological Level we aim to:
· Encourage dialogue on themes of diversity and social responsibility to boost confidence and enthusiasm in our community
· Promote awareness and reflection in order to invite consciousness of anti-oppressive practice
· Attend to our process as a committee to model our aspiration of democracy and plurality
· Promote awareness and encourage reflection on these themes in order to invite greater consciousness of power dynamics

Chair:

Sue Brady – suebrady97@gmail.com

Members:

Beren Aldridge, Victoria Baskerville, John Paradise, John Renwick, Pietro Cardile

Consultant:

Pietro Cardile

Aims

The TASC was set up to devise and monitor standards of Transactional Analysis training. Its main responsibility is to ensure all Transactional Analysis training delivered within UKATA meets high standards in terms of quality, fairness, and rigour throughout the UK.

In 2017 this committee took on the role of the Assessment and Accreditation committee and therefore monitor the UKATA Diploma 

Purpose

  • To assist in the preparation of UKATA for re-accreditation through the UKCP,.
  • On receipt of the Members Organization’s Review (OMR), we consider the implications for TASC and UKATA, address them making recommendations to Council.
  • To ensure that Transactional Analysis training delivered within our organization maintains its presently high standards and good nationwide reputation.
  • To liaise with members, other committees, when appropriate, and RTEs.
  • To initiate collaboration with stakeholders when forming policies.
  • To monitor RTEs (Registered Training Establishments) to ensure their training is delivered in accordance with professional body requirements for accreditation as necessary.
  • To create and maintain policies and ensuring that they are in line with various professional bodies e.g. UKCP, HIPC and EATA.
  • To maintain consistently high training standards throughout the UK and a rigorous assessment and accreditation process.
  • To assess candidates’ applications for the UKATA Diploma.
  • To support all members, offering clarification to questions that arise.

Research Committee supports members in applying research methods in their practice, making research material available to UKATA members

Chair:

Antionette Buisman  antbuisman@yahoo.co.uk

Members:

Celia Chambers, Nicky James, Rosalind Sharples, James Sweeney

Purpose

  • To develop a strategy for the promotion of research within UKATA
  • To promote systematic collection of outcome data in order to audit and reflect on TA practice.
  • To facilitate a research ethos and research culture among members of UKATA.
  • To raise awareness of and support the use of evidence-based practice in relation to TA.
  • To develop research related policies and resources to help support, develop and promote research in TA.
  • To develop a UKATA Research Awards scheme for members of UKATA, to bridge the gap between practice and research, to foster original research and to recognize lifetime research activities.
  • To monitor research resources and awards to ensure congruency with the needs of the TA community and of UKATA.
  • To work closely with related committees (e.g. ethics and professional practice) to embed a research ethos in the organisation.
  • To lead and respond where appropriate on behalf of UKATA to research related documents regarding psychotherapy, counselling, educational or organisational applications from a TA perspective.
  • To develop collaborative links with national professional bodies and international TA organisations.

Aims

  • Establishing a basic understanding of the research process including practice-based evidence and evidence-based practice.
  • Developing research mindedness at all levels of the UKATA community, so that TA application and development are increasingly evidence based.
  • Supporting TA practitioners, at whatever their stage of professional development, to become research active.
  • Supporting collaborative research across disciplines to address relevant areas of TA practice.
  • Valuing quality and robustness in research.
  • Signposting support for research at an individual, group or organisational level.
  • Disseminating relevant research.

Priorities

  • Advertising / sharing TA theory publicly
  • Collect/share TA articles/theory in one space (with references)
  • Speak to trainers and RTEs at their relevant national meetings
  • Ensuring that ethical considerations are taken seriously in research undertaken by UKATA members.
  • Offering practical advice and support on how to conduct TA research projects.
  • Continue to write articles on research for publication in The Transactional Analysts magazine.
  • Develop and grow online presence and resource centre to promote research.

Exams Committee organises and manages exams to for those working towards TA qualifications.

Chair:

Kathie Hostick – kathie@ellesmerecentre.co.uk

Members:

Helen Rowland, Jan Baker, Frances Townsend, Marilyn Wright, Julia Tolley, Bev Gibbons

Purpose

  • To manage the balance between the requirements of UKCP and EATA.
  • To provide a support system for the Written Exam Coordinator.
  • To review and respond to the External Examiners recommendations and requirements identified in the annual report. Our remit is limited to the CTA written exam within the field of psychotherapy within the UK.

Aims

  • Our aim is to ensure our exam system is both fair and robust.
  • We intend to ensure the CTA is accessible whilst maintaining its credibility and professionalism.
  • We aim to maintain an effective relationship and close links with our External Examiner.

Priorities

  • With the increasing requirements of the exam system and specifically UKCP we are;
  • Prioritising the management of the level 7 academic criteria.
  • Presenting creative ideas to our members and to EATA and UKCP to attend to both requirements and dissonance between organisations.
  • Putting a structure in place for the section D questions and ensuring the research question remains mandatory.
  • Pursuing a more overt, congruent approach to our exam processes, which will take time due to the protocol and processes of our two organisations.
  • Integrating EE report feedback into our procedures and written exam structure.
  • Keeping the members updated and informed of exam related business.
  • Updating the handbook and website with new information.
  • Facilitating mandatory training days for written exam marking.

Safeguarding Committee gives guidance to UKATA members with regard to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.

Chair:
Deborah Wortman – dmwortman@outlook.com

Members:
Michelle Hyams-Ssekasi – michellehs576@gmail.com